Adam Dingwell started just seven games at quarterback in his San Diego State career. That’s fewer starts than Ryan Katz, Jack Hawley or Riley Smithson, a quarterback I literally just made up. Yet I think it says something that the Texan played a starring role in the two wins you the fans have determined to be the best of the Rocky Long Era.
So let’s all note that, while his career did not exactly have a storybook finish, Dingwell had himself some moments, he did. He beat Boise State on their stupid Mountain Berry Blast flavored field – a win you determined to be bigger than the Cal win. He also engineered an epic comeback/interview against Nevada (seriously watch the clip) – a win you determined to be better than both MWC Championship Games.
I guess you could say he … ding quite well for himself?
Oh, god I’m so sorry.
BOISE STATE PART I (1) vs. SCARED MONEY DON’T MAKE NO MONEY (6)
BOISE STATE PART I
Nov. 3, 2012
Argument for: It was Boise State’s second year in the MWC and they were already strutting around like they owned the place. And with TCU, BYU and Utah gone, it was hard to argue. Nobody beat them on their Otter Pop stain of a field, particularly not a California team in the cold. But the Aztecs did, and because of it they eventually secured their first ever MWC title (in a gross three-way with Fresno State and Boise, but still). Colin Lockett set the tone by running back the opening kickoff, which at the time was a super rare thing that we thought never, ever happens.
Argument against: Adam Muema highlights always get me a little bummed.
Results: Beat Bearcat Beatdown in First Round. Beat Take That, Oski in Second Round.
SCARED MONEY DON’T MAKE NO MONEY
Oct. 20, 2012
Argument for: If you’re an Aztec Football hipster, this game is your jam – your Bleach to everyone else’s Nevermind. At the time, the Aztecs were seemingly going nowhere and when starting quarterback Ryan Katz left the contest with a season-ending injury, things looked grim. But Adam Dingwell led a remarkable comeback, spurring SDSU’s eventual title run. Bonus point for Rocky’s big balls, going for two in overtime. Even more bonus points for Dingwell’s hilarious postgame interview.
Argument against: It was a midseason MWC game against Nevada, so seeding it any higher would have been kinda sad.
Results: TIED 2016 MWC Title Game in First Round. Beat 2015 MWC Title Game and 2016 MWC Title Game in Second Round.